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good morning, america. there is no spring yet. snow in new england. tornadoes trash florida, sending air show spectators flying for cover. sam tracks the wild weather. prince william unplugged. less than a month before he's married and he opens up about his wedding jitters. >> i was sitting there the other day and my knees started going. well snickers really does have a sign. the megamillions winners, will they share their winnings with five co-workers from last week?
and that venomous cobra is back in her cage. how everyone is cashing in in her new-found fame. hello, everyone. we hope you haven't been pranked yet this april fools' day. i want to welcome cynthia mcfadden of "nightline." you had to turn your vacation around.n of "nightline." >> a little bit, george. >> not a lot of fun for people in the north. we've been saved in new york. but up in massachusetts, they could get up to a foot of snow this morning. one element of wild weather that sam is tracking. then, we'll going to head to japan where a strange flash of light is facing workers. they're getting high-tech help. a flying robot is coming to the rescue. in a few minutes we're going to
go soaring with it in our studio. >> and air also sending the world's largest pump to japan as well. we have signs out of libya of moammar gadhafi's circle. snow in the north, tornadoes in the south. we're tracking all in times square, sam? >> good morning, george, cynthia. it looks like the april fools' day storm on the nasty side of the joke but today and a good part of coastal areas like times square up to boston, we got the sweeter side. let's go to the "gma" radar. you can see how that storm is concentrating up in the northern mountain areas. in new york city, there will not be snow accumulation. to boston, however, it does look like a little bit of snowy mix involved here. the boston area could see 2 to 4 inches. portland, maine, could see 6 to 10 inches.
the mountains of vermont and new hampshire could easily see a foot of snow. it looks like 25 to 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts. our linsey davis is in pittsfield, massachusetts, in the snow, snow. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: good morning, sam. who knew that mother nature was the practical joker. look at this. since then we've got an inch or two on the ground. this is a wet and heavy kind of snow, really good for power -- for making snowballs. not good for power lines. the good news is this is not enough snow to close down schools in the area but still, many hoping this is winter's last hoo-rah, cynthia? >> well, florida is reeling from tornadoes that toured the center of the state, flipping over planes, and crushing cars.
matt gutman is live in indian rock beach. matt? >> reporter: good morning, sam -- george, this was the second story of the house here in indian rock. everything got smashed together in just three seconds as that tornado leapt over the gulf, smashed in this house. ripped it off, sent it flying over there. everything, 50 years of mementos from the armstrong family, just mashed together. what's incredible about this storm, it didn't batter for one time, but all day long. first day turned into night. then came the rain. coming down in some places at the rate of 7 inches an hour. >> in the middle of a tornado right now. >> reporter: followed by winds so strong it ripped the roof right off this home. and left a tree in this woman's living room. >> like a freight train falling on your house.
>> reporter: in tampa, the storm tore through this scenconvenien store. >> i heard somebody say tornado. >> reporter: motorists tried navigates streeting littered with uprooted trees, this gas station, shattered. in lakeland, florida, another tornado smashed through the sun'n fun air show where hundreds were camped out. it took seconds for the wind to toss dozens of planes like this up in the air and slammed them on the ground. many of these planes had been antiques. 90-mile-an-hour winds turned it into a projectile. and when the plane flew away, the families were left running for shelter. >> the microwave was in the tent. >> reporter: you covered his body. >> yeah, he's my son.
>> reporter: in its quake, the series storms left hundreds of homes damaged. and despite all of this damage, cynthia, millions and millions of dollars of property damage. it's miraculous that very few people were badly hurt and certainly nobody was killed. >> well, matt, that house certainly destroyed. what about the neighbors? >> reporter: it's actually incredible. check out that house, almost entirely intact. same thing for the one on the other side of the street. >> unbelievable. matt gutman for that report. george? we're turning to the latest on libya, gadhafi's forces continue to push back the rebels but tough obama administration officials signal any arms. the rebels will not come from the u.s. they're hoping the gadhafi regime will crumble under pressure. another top libyan official has defected and there are reports that gadhafi's son are sending out reports for a possible deal. lots of signs that the inner
circle is dragging but the rebels, just no match for his military right now? >> reporter: that's right, george, the rebels are being battered and pushed back with the gadhafi forces. they're still showing a lot of heart but without the international support, it's very hard to see how they move forward. a rebel fighter fires a rocket at gadhafi forces and sets his belongings on fire. this untrained rag-tag force bravely pushes forward. but it's forced to retreat in the face of superior fire power. there's no plan, this fighter says. >> reporter: after making it to sirte at lightning speed on monday, the rebels have been pushed back to 150 miles to around braga, a key oil town, and the international air strikes that blue up gadhafi tanks and carried the rentals
west, none since monday, due to bad weather. anger among libyans here is mounting. >> they're just wondering where are the coalition forces? what are the strikes that have helped us? >> reporter: the families fleeing the violence, desperate. i'm calling on the coalition to strike them, this man told us. he's destroying and killing us said this 10-year-old. gadhafi hasn't been seen in ten days, but on thursday, libyan tv published a statement that said it's not him but western leaders who should go. the solution for this problem is that they resign immediately, he said and their peoples find alternatives to them. this as his second top official in two days defected, ali about del
abo abdessalem treki defected. >> reporter: this is looking like a stalemate. back in japan, officials are speaking up about the poisonous conditions inside the plant. conditions so dangerous that japanese officials are sending in robots. we're going to show you those live in the studio in a moment, but first, the latest from workers with neal karlinsky in tokyo, neal? >> reporter: cynthia, this is my dosimeter. they now believe reactor number one is causing a strong uncontrolled chain reaction that occasionally creates a blue flash of light and a burst of heat while emitting still
radiation. it is not said to be a threat to the area at large but could be deadly for workers. the news comes from one worker in the plant who wanted to remain unanimous, now speaking out about safety concerns saying there isn't enough radiation detection devices to go around. he said workers are worried about their health. some workers called it quits and left for home. my gut feeling is i want to get it over with and get out of here. today, we found former plant workers living in a shelter just outside of tokyo. some have been offered jobs to help go back and contain the leak. they're exchanging money with their lives, he said. there might be people who take the offer but it's not worthed risk. >> reporter: those who did survive will soon have help from an american company as the world's largest pumps will be shipped from the united states. they'll first be used for water
but then be used to coat the reactors in cement and bury them for good. tepco, the power company, has acknowledged the mistake and then promised to get more aid to the workers. i hope my mom is listening to this over the course of the last week has picked up about enough radiation to equal about one fourth of one chest x-ray, so i think we're okay, george. >> i'm glad you reassured your mom, neal. i could barely hear you, what we've got here is one of the robot, similar to the robots the americans have sent over to help. i'm joined by henry christensen from the georgia institute of technology. explain what exactly it's going to be doing inside the reactor. >> well, exactly, they sent over not exactly this robot but a similar robot. can you get imagery back. you can use this, you can have drones fly at high altitude. you can get close to a building or into a building to see what's
going on so you can get this, to get close to radioactivity to get a sense for what's going on. >> this can go inside and start flying around? >> exactly. >> and take pictures. and measure radiation? >> it can measure radiation. the map you're seeing here, it will build a map of what it might look like and get the radiation levels. >> let's bring pelican in for a landing to show you what is identical to what's being used. >> so i-robot has made four of those robots available. two like that, two larger ones. and they're being used so they have what is on the arm, basically a radiation sensor and an i.r. camera. so you can go in, it will give you aview of what's going on inside the building and measure radiation.
and it also has a gripper on it, for example, if there's a blocked door -- >> we're showing that right now. what is the advantage of this over the flying? >> so, this one, has a lot of mobility. it can go through, but this one can't lift anything or move anything. this one can move things aside. so it can, for instance, clear a path so it can bring in a water hose for this. you can bring in other things. so before you send in people, you can use this basically as a remote system to allow -- >> as a scout? >> -- as a scout, also to a certain extent being able to move things around to clear a path. because you don't want to have people in there too long. by using this technologitechnoln be at a safety distance. >> do we have any sense of how long these have been in the reactors? >> no. these are being applied around the world, there are more than 4,000 of these in use today. we have experience from other
scenarios. >> thanks very much. >> extraordinary technology. well, signs this week that the job market is getting stronger. new indications this morning telling us more about the recovery and which way it's headed. bianna golodryga is here crunching the numbers. >> good morning. the good news is, the job market does seem to be improving since the beginning the year. back in january, the economy added 32,000 jobs. in february, we saw 190,000 jobs added. and we are expecting to see 185,000 jobs for the month. unemployment rate is expected to remain steady. here's the bad news, the job growth is not keeping up with the 700 million jobs lost in the recession. we asked to you tweet us on the twitter survey. the not surprising that the majority of you came from california, texas, georgia and new york new york. cynthia, the unemployment rate is over 12%. tell us what sectors you're looking for employment in.
top is financial business and services. health care at 22%. retail at 14%. hospitality and service and restaurants, at 14%. government, 12%. we've seen jobs lost there. and manufacturing at 11%. of course, the big fear, a lot of these jobs just won't come back, cynthia. >> fascinating. we want to know how you're looking for a job, tweet us@"gma" with the hash tag "need a job." it's early in the morning, george. >> it is. that video shocking people and stirring outrage online. the ceo of a major internet company is seen killing an elephant in africa. juju chang has the story. >> george, as you described, the images are quite graphic, we can only show you part of them on tv. is it animal cruelty or merely shedding a light on a chronic problem in one of africa's
poorest countries. >> reporter: this is the internet site that has it crying foul. bob parsons, he goes farther posting video gunning down the elephant which hunters claim destroyed a local farmer's crop. but then they're seen carving up the animal, passing out meat, while rock music played in the background. parsons' link on twitter saying just back from hunting problem elephant in zimbabwe. but the ceo's defending his actions saying critics missed the point. things are different over there, if they had an mall destroying their livelihood and they were going to starve to death, they'd look at it differently. i'm helping people get access to
foot and protect their crops. now, officials in zimbabwe do say elephant overpopulation is a big problem. but but it's still too expensive for them. this is a company known for controversial marketing. >> wow, that is out there, though. >> right, exactly. >> back to sam and the weather. hey, george, we did have sleet in times square a moment ago. it's going to be off and on in areas like that. let's show you the system how it moves through northern new england. remember, this was the one all week long that people were afraid would become the nasty april fools' day storm. most will get the sweet side of the storm and the snow will go exactly where people want it, in ski areas. but the gusty winds will kick up a little bit as the snow strengthens and winds up 20 to 40-mile-an-hour wind gusts likely. we have a concern in flooding.
>> we'll have all of america's weather from times square, but now the lovely cynthia mcfadden. it's nice to see you.uare, but >> you look so good in a rain slicker, sam. mystery solved, that missing egyptian cobra who became an internet explosion this week is finally found. she escaped from the bronx zoo and dan harris has more on where she's been hiding all this time. >> reporter: this is the first look at the serpentine star that was born during the six-day crisis that was fodder for late
night comic -- >> they found that egyptian cobra that has gone missing from the bronx zoo today, turns out it was in lindsay lohan has purse. >> reporter: late thursday, zoo officials held a packed us in conference. >> the key strategy in recovering the snake was patience. >> reporter: but they relied on more than just patience to capture the snake. they made sure to keep the sound down and the lights dim inside the reptile house here, to make sure the snake felt comfortable coming out. and they put out wood clips, the kind of things that mice and rats sleep on in the hopes that the snake would come out and do a little hunting. after six days of sleeping, they found her coiled in a dark corner. the little snake who was only 20 inches long and 3 ounces became a huge star with a facebook campaign to get her to host "saturday night live," and a twitter account that drew about 200 followers. sample tweet -- if you see a bag
of peanuts inexapplica mriplicy around, just ignore it. the famous snake didn't actually have a name. as soon as they can confirm that she's healthy, zoo officials may put her on display, hopefully in a more secure cage this time to. for "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york. >> i never liked that reptile house. my little boy wanted to hang out in there. always scary. listen, she has big followers. mayor bloomberg is following her. >> they're all weighing in on twitter trying to figure out what to call her after that big contest in new york. coming up, prince william is speaking out, is he really not wearing a ring after he marries kate and why he says his knees are knocking just weeks before his wedding. and the huge hit for your wallet as you go to get money.
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it did stick on the road. a two-hour school delay incarroll county. westminster had heavy snow and they have inch or two on the surfaces. roads are melting quick. the snow on the roads. reisterstown a little on the grassy surface. looking at temperatures 36 in baltimore, 34 york, p p a they have had moderate snow. and rough roads traveling this morning. but above freeing rain around the bay and that will shortly end. we are looking at the mix northwest and a couple rain showers lingering into afternoon. 48 the two degree guarantee and check out the weekend. temperatures getting up to 52 tomorrow. a brief rain shower. 56 dry on sunday. and opening day baseball monday comes with 60 degrees and a chance of rain. and thunderstorms but near 70 next tuesday. >> reporter: we have some congestion on the beltway. top side slow from har foreand charles street and looking live on the west side, it's going to be a little slow go between old court road making your way toward the baltimore national
pike. no major accidents or problems around the bellway. 95 in the 83s checking in without problems. as we go to the maps, we have crash cleanup continuing. this is eastbound liberty road at millford mill road dealing with a pair of crashs in baltimore at mulberry and fulton avenue and another incident reported north hilton at west franklin street this morning. as you travel the jfx, expect a little slow ride between cold spring to 28th street. we have another weather and traffic update coming back in about 30 minutes. now back up to new york for more "good morning america.
♪ it is take grandma to work day in england. prince william welcomes his grandmother, queen elizabeth, to his royal air force base. the royal valley air force base in wales. giving a little tour. just a few weeks before his big day. we're going to find out this morning, just what kind of a wedding will wants. what he's going to do with his wedding ring. that's all comingup in just a few minutes. but these pictures are pressure. happening just a few minutes ago. also $5 just to get cash out. can you believe the cost of heading to your atm? well, we'll get you answers from
bank officials. and a horrible case of plastic surgery that went wrong. this woman cannot close her eyes not to blink, not to sleep. she said the surgery has ruined her eyes, and she's taking her doctor to court. so breaking news, the queen arriving a moment ago at the base where prince william works. prince sat down with a rare one-on-one interview to talk about everything of his secret bachelor party to why he's got a bad case nerves. nick watt's in london with the details, nick? >> reporter: good morning, cynthia, well, my favorite nugget is that prince william is not going to wear a wedding band. that's perfect preference, apparently. as one viewer just tweeted to me, he said, i'd never get that past my wife. anyway, as you said, the shy prince has spoken that he is nervous. for now, flight lieutenant wales is getting on with the day job. he's a military search and
rescue pilot. but any aspects of the wedding planning causing sleeps nights? >> the whole thing, how's that? my knee started going tapping quite nervously. it's quite a daunting process but very exciting. still a lot of planning to be done in the last weeks. >> i think if he had his way, he'd look forward to it. we are who we are, and the position that comes with it. >> reporter: harry who is now in the arctic arranged the bachelor party, just close friends. it went down this past weekend without anyone else knowing. >> it's quite him to always outfox the media. it was a military operation, my brother and i are proud of it. >> reporter: now that you've done it, can you give us a hint of what you did? >> no, i can't do that. >> reporter: apparently a weekend of quad driving and
drinking at a friend estate. >> you're not getting anything out of me. >> reporter: right now, she's showing his grandma, the queen, around where he works. just the base, no plans to take her out on a rescue. >> when you're flying alone at night, you've got winds that climbs down to about 200 feet, you're trying to find through to find someone who has broken a leg or search the hills, you put your brain together and basically hope that you can get there and help. i've always tried to prove that. i wouldn't want to be here for any other reason that i can prove myself and do the job. >> reporter: william has always tried to be normal. his mother, the most photographed woman on earth. as a child, he once said he wants to be a police officer so he could protect his mother from the press. when he went to st. andrews to college, the media agreed to leave him alone, and that's
where he met kate. they were able to have an almost normal student courtship. these day, they live near william's remote base in wales, miles from prying eyes. are you left alone? >> left -- yes, pretty much alone. >> reporter: you don't sound convinced? >> no. the. >> reporter: but not so much longer. william is gradually introducing kate to the world of royal duty. and their wedding, tens of thousands will line the route, nearly 1 billion might watch on tv. no wonder his knees are knocking. and it sounds like his military colleagues aren't really helping with those nerves. apparently every day, they make him drink his tee out of the william and kate wedding mug. and they put an embroidered william and kate wedding pillow on his bed. even a prince can't escape gentle mocking. >> nick, i love the mug, i love the pillow.
but what about this no wedding ring thing? >> reporter: well, he says personal preference. the royals have made a tradition to have the wedding band made out of welsh gold. if i were him i'd use that as an excuse. there's not enough for both of us, kate, you have the kinring. >> lame, lame. let's go to juju chang. good morning. we begin with news from afghanistan this morning, six american soldiers from one army unit have been killed while fighting militants in pakistan. they died in three separate attacks. taliban fighters have been active in that region. for the first time in 40 years, lung cancer deaths among women are dropping although not as quickly as men. that's because women are slower to give up smoking. and fewer people are dieing in traffic accidents across the
country. highway deaths have dropped to the lowest levels since 1949. experts credit wider use of seat belts, safer cars and efforts to reduce drunk driving. finally, we've all been there, you board the plane, you take your seat, and like clock work, the baby behind you starts crying. would you be willing to pay extra for a plane with no babies onboard? moist people would. the story comes with a warning, the airline's press release is dated april 1st. >> ah. >> it's the same airlines but charge you to use the bathroom. >> it's amazing how you get kids crying after you have two of your own kids crying. >> do you think parents are trying hard enough? >> no. >> i'm staying out of this.
wasn't ryan also where they had the stand-up flying seats also? okay, whatever. to the boards. happy friday, by the way, as we head into this. we're going to show you where the warm spots were yesterday. look at l.a., and folks in california showing it all off, right around studio city in l.a. here's the record temperatures that were hit in that area, we had triple-digit heat in the southwest. yuma, arizona, 100 degrees, riverside at 97. oklahoma at 72. here's another place that's gorgeous. look at miami, after the storms clear today, there are about three days of strong storms in florida, and it will be a beautiful day by the end of the day. miami beach, i'm just saying. take a look at the storms leaving the northwest, and as as they pull into the middle of the country be watching for strong to severe weather early in the middle of next week, a severe we
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now maryland's most powerful dop lar radar and forecast certified most accurate byweatherate. >> westminster waking up to a winter scene. yes, snow on the field and two- hour school delay in carroll county. temperatures near freezing. some roads could be slick but we are getting quick melting on the road sur if as it be -- surfaces. we are looking at 34 york, pa. they had 2 inches. 36 and flakes mixed in and wet in ballmore. same easton at 37. towards annapolis temperaturesin the 30s. the rain-snow and winter mode is not showing how close it
got. but we are watching the storm pull out of here many still leftover showers in the mountain and that could swing through today. but it's the northwest thing this morning with the snow. a mixture or otherwise rain showers into the afternoon. we are going for the two degree guaranteed high of 48. we will slip into the 30s tonight and we will poive back to the 50s and warm it up over the weekend. now traffic with fog out there with kim brown. >> reporter: that's right. we have reports of fog warnings at the bay bridge. but traffic is looking pretty good around the beltway. looking at lighter than normal volume. traffic is moving at speed make your way on both loops outer loop slowing nicely towards i- 70. no problems on the inner loop between liberty road up towards the 83s. we have an accident i-70 eastbound blocking the left lane and shoulder. reports of a crash in southgate in anne arundel county. east approaching i-97 the right lane is take way. and west on 195, right at the 95 interchange, a crash is
♪ ♪ can't hurry love just have to wait ♪ look up at the big screen. why are these famous couples, the obamas, heidi klum and seal and, of course, prince william and kate, why are they all a perfect match? we'll tell you why. it may all be in their face. there's this new hot dating service that says finding a partner may be looking for your look-alike. >> do you believe it? we'll see. also, ahead, a medical marvel, this boy with such severe tourette's syndrome, he
couldn't afternoon go to school. the radical surgery that changed his life. he's here today. it's amazing. tory johnson is here, she's gone out and scouted all of the great deals, shoes, clothing, jewelry. here's the trick, it's just for "gma" viewers. if you want a great deal you have to keep watching. and the a new kind of dog's life. we're going to show you what became a big business, ready-wear, you heard it here first. we're going to begin with a horrible story. one woman's story that she says her life is ruined. she took her plastic surgeon to court. andrea canning is here with this frightening story. >> it is frightening story, i challenge anybody at home not to blink for at least ten seconds, it's impossible. then you'll understand what this
woman goes through, after marilyn leisz's eye surgery went wrong, she called the award by a jury a joke after that drastic procedure changed her life. imagine this, this is how you see the world. >> it's like a horror story that i have to experience, 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. it's been a living nightmare. >> reporter: for marilyn leisz, it's become a painful reality. what did you think in that first moment when you couldn't close your eyes? >> i was in sheer panic. >> show us how much you can close your eyes. >> and this, i'm forcing my eyelid down. >> reporter: the bizarre condition affects every facet of her life. >> when i take a shower, i have
to put a thick gel on so the water doesn't run into my eyes. >> reporter: do you sleep by your eyes open? >> yes, i don't want to be gross, but it looks like i'm dead. >> reporter: the average person blinks once every five seconds look at marilyn, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, almost a full minute goes by and her lids never go down. >> i can't be on the computer for very long. i can't watch tv for very long. i feel my life is gone. >> reporter: it all happened when leisz went under the knife to have bumps under her eyes from a previous surgery was to be corrected. she said that she was fully warned of her risks. but another doctor testified on her behalf. >> this is already a danger sign where i think there is minimal skin could be removed. >> reporter: believing that dr. parker should not have
performed the surgery because leisz had undergone too many medical procedures something she was criticized for. some comments online, it is clear she was addicted to plastic surgery. this is what you get for being vain. >> that's cruel. that's very cruel. the people there writing these things, if they had the opportunity to look better, they would get plastic surgery as well. if i was a movie star, go ahead, take your best shot. i'm just a common person that wants to get justice. >> reporter: but there is risk in all surgeries from disfigurement to chronic problems. marilyn leisz's surgery carried a 1 in 30,000 chance of blindless. >> some things are not totally reversible but many things are. our techniques have gotten better over the years. >> reporter: there is an option for leisz but surgery could leave her disfigured. >> i'm petrified.
i've gone through enough already. i don't want my grand children to remember me as some freak. >> reporter: do you feel that way? >> yes. every day i have to wake up and i'm reminded of this. it's never going to go away. >> reporter: leisz is still undecided whether to have the surgery that could help repair her eyes. she says talking about this has been really embarrassing but she wanted others to not be so blind when trusting plastic surgeons and really ask about the risks involved. >> in the beginning the piece, she sleeps -- how can she sleep with her eyes open? >> she wears a sleeping mask. not only to help her sleep but also she'll scratch her eyes because they're open all the time, while she's sleeping. it protects her. but she does worry about going blind. >> thank you, juju for the headlines. >> good morning, everyone. the weather is once again the big story this morning. parts of new england and new york are shoveling snow on
april fools' day. and central florida is cleaning up from at least half a dozen tornadoes. winds tossed around planes at an air show. sam will have more in just a moment. we're expecting more evidence that the job market is picking up steam. the government's monthly job reports expected to show companies added 185,000 jobs in march while the unemployment rate remains steady at 8.9%. that would mark the second straight month of solid job gains. in libya, officials said they'll accept a cease-fire if moammar gadhafi pulls his forces from all cities but that's highly unlikely. despite his military success, gadhafi lose is losing more support in his inner circle. a senior has injured ship and there's word that gadhafi's son may be trying to negotiate an exit strategy. and radiation damage on the power plant, levels in the
ground water under the plant are 10,000 times higher. meanwhile, pumps are on their way from the u.s. to japan. they may help spray reactors under water. and a plan to form medicaid is causing controversy in arizona. the governor there wants to charge obese medical patients $50 if they don't follow their doctor's weight loss plan. and smokers $50. if approved it's the first time medicaid will have charged people for unhealthy behavior. and new diane is already here with a petite dynamo on "world news." >> hello. you have to meet the person of the week. she's only 5'2" but has the strength, truly, of more than 1,000 men. what she did is so inspiring. you'll see her as the person of the week. that's coming up tonight, juju. and finally, a sweet
solution for certain moms in waiting. pregnant moms turn to a virginia bakery, at least 19 moms insist they went into labor right after eating the lemon drop cupcakes from cappanello's bakery. >> you just got to have a cupcake, whether you're pregnant or not. good morning, everyone. how are you doing? >> good. >> you hanging in there. >> will, you all right? >> good. >> everybody's pretty good. good. let's get to the boards. we've got live shots going on in places picking up snow. pittsfield, massachusetts, is looking at a nice coating but getting more. in new hampshire up to a foot of
snow. and a shot, wcvb is all over this in boston. i don't know anything from boston until i get it from cvb, that's the truth. they're showing what is going on inside of boston is low visibility and gusty winds as well as one. heavier bands has moved through. here's what's happening, the cold air is moving with it and warmer air behind it. there's some good news because the entire week has been cold. new york city goes to 54, d.c., 58, philly, 57, even boston to 50 degrees by sunday. west coast, l.a. warm and showing off, i'm sorry, 80 degrees, uh-huh. how do you feel about that? i feel chilly.
>> and we are live in times square this morning. cynthia, the hardest part about this job is kneeling or squatting at my age so everybody can get in the picture. >> oh, sam, you make everything look easy. i'm glad i don't have to do it. well, a 21st century matchmaker promises singles they can find someone compatible simply by matching their faces to others. it's a revolutionary new use of facial recognition software, based on the premise that your facemate may actually be your soulmate. bianna golodryga is here with a look at how it all works. i can't wait to see. what are you looking for? someone that looks like me. >> birds of a feather flock together.
they also say, opposites attract. which one is it? a dating website is putting those adages to the test. if you're one of those americans you might want to listen up. >> reporter: what are we looking for in a mate? >> i love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. >> reporter: the humor. >> i'm in love with you. >> snap out of it! >> reporter: the yin to our yang. >> you complete me. >> reporter: or a-rod who dated kate hudson and cameron diaz is on to something here when he famously kissed himself. that's what cristina bloom says. are you saying that people that don't look like won't have a chemistry? >> if they don't have chemistry, they are not going to be attracted to each other. >> we've been called brother and sister. >> yeah.
>> reporter: in the 1989 study in the journal of social and personal relationships, men and women were asked to look at the faces of 60 couples. some real, some complete strangers and rate their facial similarities. results show, on average the real couples received a 15% higher similarity rating. how would you -- if you play this game what do you think of these couples. what do you think president obama and michelle? >> they're a good match. >> and elizabeth taylor and richard burton, a good match. george bush said the first time he met laura it was love at first sight. heidi klum and seal are the perfect match, if you take away the color, they have the same facial feature. >> reporter: she started a new dating website called find your face mate.com. the site uses face recognition technology from face.com and
breaks it down into points, eyes, ears, nose, chin, and corners of the center of the mouth. and the man loaded over 500 celebrity photos and gave it a whirl. the higher the percentage the better the match. brad pitt is a 74% with sienna miller, who knew. what about other royalty? no divorce in their future? >> i don't know. >> rest assured, "gma" exclusive. >> reporter: how about jackie "o," michael dukakis, as well as other men with presidential ties. george? wow, george and jackie "o." ali better not see this. there's one question i couldn't resist asking. i'm a newlywed, it piques my curiosity. >> we're looking at areas of face, impairing it. the ratio, to see if it's a match or not.
>> i've been told we look good together, i've never heard we look-alike. but 63 is a good number. that is a match? >> yeah, anything over 50 is good. >> that's great news for us. >> we asked viewers if they thought they looked like their other half. abcnews.com was flooded. take a look. patricia garcia sent in this picture of she and her husband. megan and kyle, her boyfriend, is he shed people mistake them as twins. >> it's very brave of you to do that with peter? >> peter said i couldn't run this piece. so there are other celebrities that also look-alike. we have reese witherspoon and justin timberlake. >> she just got married. >> penelope cruz and javier
bardem. >> and that's close. i'm proud of my 76% match with jackie. >> wow. >> whoo. how about cynthia's? >> we don't want do leave her out. >> what! >> harrisonford. >> oh, wow. and robert downey jr. >> let's have a drum roll for this one. >> oh, george clooney. >> you know george clooney once on this broadcast live asked me to marry him. my mother actually called and said, did he mean that? >> we'll call him back. well, we want to see which other celebrity couples are facemates, you can see them at abcnews.com/gma. ahead, the rock bottom deals just for "gma" viewers. you'll have to keep watching to cash in on those. you're wishing for...our genie.
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down to 33. mostly cloudy, showers should end. and maybe showers tomorrow. 52, 56 dry sunday but rain for opening day baseball and sunday. >> reporter: we are taking a live look at the bw parkway. this is at route 175 in the northbound lanes. traffic is moving okay but you will see things slow past the point because of a crash reported northbound on the bw parkway at route 100 blocking all lanes. traffic is scooting by on the merge lane. so expect some delays between arundel mills asy make your way past the scene. also still working a crash 195 westbound at 95. that block the right shoulder. and a crash reported downtown at packa and lombard street. baltimore city police are getting that cleaned up. now back to new york for more of "good morning america."
♪ there it is. that music is there for a reason. we've got the hottest new trend in weddings this morning. dressing up your pooch for the big day. who is that -- there it is. the bow tie. it's the bow tie on the dog. we're going to have a doggie fashion show coming up this half hour. >> prince william is not wearing a wedding ring but the dogs are wearing clothes, only on "good morning america." also, a medical marvel. this boy was living with tourette syndrome so severe, he couldn't be left alone. then the procedure that turned his life around. he's here. and you're going to see the results live.
>> they are incredible. also here live, michelle monaghan is burning up the screen with jake gyllenhaal. michelle is going to be here in just a minute. >> and i'm sitting here because i was asked to guess at it a connecticut magazine, i made cynthia mcfadden the cover girl. and it's a great q and a. >> there we are. >> two fabulous ladies. >> and we're going to be seeing more of each other. >> absolutely. i'm a very lucky girl and get to work with cynthia at "nightline." in a couple of weeks i'm jumping ship while i'm turning my alarm clock upside down and joining cynthia. i'm so happy. >> we are going to miss you. it's a great move for you. >> we couldn't be happier. juju you've already contributed so much to our broadcast. >> and i'll be contributing to "gma." >> around the clock.
>> the number one late-night tv show, i'm very excited. >> well, it is an exciting move for you. a little sad for us but a fantastic move for you. congratulations. >> thank you. now, to sam with the weather. what do you think about that news, sam? >> good morning, that just means that juju has to take me out for an adult beverage sometime at night, at that all i'm saying. juju, you up for that? they're not even up there anymore. good morning, everybody. how are you? >> all: good morning! >> somebody's having a birthday. wait, you, too? happy birthday. somebody back there? happy birthday. i'm looking at you you told me the number. go ahead if you feel like it. >> 42. >> you look like -- >> look at this. you are gorgeous. i mean really, really good. >> 40 ain't what it used to be. let's get to the boards. a few things we want to talk about as you head out the door.
we'll talk about the cooler air working its way into the west coast. san francisco down to 55 on saturday. l.a. at 67. the 80 degrees of today, enjoy that. phoenix coming down a touch. a quick look at the at your weekend flyby. notice the middle of the country. sunday into monday into tuesday, we're going to have an outbreak of strong to severe weather right through >> a little rain has picked up here in times square, but it doesn't seem to be making anybody angry. all of that weather was brought to you by kibbles and bits. george. a medical miracle in action. radical surgery for a teenaged boy whose life was turned into a
nightmare by tourette syndrome. there, you're going to see the results live. but first, our dr. rich besser has the story. >> hey. >> reporter: 16-year-old rodney lateary dealing with these tics every day. every two weeks he has an episode like this. >> he continually beats himself up. he gouges at his eyes. he punches himself. his body can twist and contort into positions that you wouldn't think is humanly possible. >> reporter: what do they do to control the tics when he's in one of these severe ones? >> we protect him. put him on the floor. put him on pillow. >> reporter: has he hurt you? >> a couple times. >> reporter: robby has tourette syndrome, creating involuntary movements called tics.
often verbal outbursts but robby isn't the average patient. his major tics can last up to two hours. >> i have no control over it. i'm conscious, i hear everything. feel everything that's going on. but it's like someone has -- control and it's just taken over my body. >> reporter: robby's tried over 40 medications, all with severe side effects, but nothing has helped. what's been the hardest thing about robby having tourette's? >> just watching him suffer. he suffered enough. our family has suffered enough. >> reporter: as a last-ditch effort, robby is trying a radical experimental surgery for tourette's, deep brain stimulation. >> robby's tics are so severe, the worst i've ever seen, we really couldn't do the surgery with limbhim awake to any degre.
>> reporter: dr. gilman implants two pacemakers into robby's abdomen. two wires run up deep into this brain with hope that they will stop overactive nerve cells from misfiring. two weeks later, robby is recovering well and doctors turn on the device but deep brain stimulation doesn't help for everyone. will it work for robby? let's find out now, robby is here with his mother debbie and of course, dr. besser. robby, come on out. you look great. >> thank you. >> just amazing, no tics at all? >> no, none. it's been amazing. >> can you -- could you even imagine this day when you were enduring all of these tics? >> no, absolutely not. i dreamed of it.
but i never thought it would actually come true. >> and how has your life changed? what difference has it made? >> it's turned my life around. i can do things that normal people take for granted every day. i can walk down the street without having people look at me like i have 12 heads or make comments because of the tics. >> watching you walk around with the smile on your face all morning long. what we'd like to do now, you see that footage when you're enduring some of the worst tics. try to give us some sense of what that feels like, what you're going through when that's happening? >> when that was happening, i felt everything that was going on. i was aware of everything going on around me, but i had absolutely no control over my body. i've never watched the footage of the tic until now. and it's something that -- it's
just strange, because it felt like i was on remote control and someone was just -- >> seemed like your body was almost inhabited or controlled by someone else? >> yeah, basically, that's what it felt like. >> when you see that now, do you feel like it was happening to someone else? >> it probably is. i hope it's not. i know other cases where people are going through situations similar to myself. >> and i know that must be so hard to watch, but to see robby here like this right now, a miracle. >> it's a miracle, yes. we're very happy. very happy. >> and when you look at this treatment and how your life is going right now, what do you think it's going to allow you to do that you haven't been able to do in the past? >> hopefully, i can just start living the life of a normal teenager, you know, going out with friends. without having to explain and
apologize beforehand what's going to happen with the tics. me and my mom, we recently talked about it, it's so crazy because i've been able to stay home alone for the first time in my life. it's incredible. >> and, rich, this procedure, we've seen incredible results right here but still not approved fully? >> that's right. it's available as an experimental procedure, but the fda wants to see more data to figure out exactly which children with tourette's will benefit from this. where to put the electrodes. >> do you know what the secret is? >> as to why this works? >> yeah. >> no it's miraculous, not just with robby but going from one so apprehensive, i've never seen such miles. when we had lunch last week, seeing your face, i knew it worked. >> that is so wonderful. thank you for coming in today. thank you. >> thank you. when we come
officer gilman. michelle, you kept me up since my bedtime last night. i had a dvd of the movie to watch, i thought i'd watch a little bit. i couldn't stop watching. it's exciting. >> it really is an exciting movie. it's fast-paced, it's a thriller, and at the heart of it, it's a love story. it's emotional as well. >> let's take a look at the clip. >> what would you do if you knew you had less than eight minutes to live? >> i don't know, i'd make those seconds count. >> i will call my dad. i would hear his voice, and i would -- i would tell him i was sorry. tell me everything's going to be okay? >> everything's going to be okay. >> it's hard to describe what actually happens in the film,
working with jake, that's tough duty? >> yeah, tough work. you know, he's such a pro at what he does. it was really, truly a joy to go and work with him. but on a personal note, he's just one of the sweetest, lovelyiest guys and really cute, to boot. do you want to hear what he said about you when he was here. after the show, we asked him about you. >> a little secret about michelle that most people don't know, maybe i'm giving away a little secret about me, too. she has, like me, a ridiculously crude sense of humor. >> yeah. >> you seem like a nice girl. what's he talking about? >> no, we had a great time. i have a little blue sense of humor, definitely. we both did. we were able to provide comic relief for each other. >> you do get to kiss as well. >> we do get to, yes. >> my investigative note here tell me that you've had the chance to kiss tom cruise in
"missio "mission: impossible," and robert downey jr. who's the best kisser? >> i'd like to think i taught them a thing or two. we'll see. >> withere you go, girl. i like that. let's talk about the film. one of the things about the film is going back and reliving your life. if you could go back and relive eight minutes what eight minutes? >>my wedding day, for sure. i'd love to go back and hear the speeches again. i'd like a shot at that first dance again, because it didn't go as smoothly as i wanted it to. i think those eight minutes would be definitely a part of my life, definitely worth revisiting. >> and you're trading it, as i
understand, for a marathon? >> i am, i am. >> what are you going to do? >> i'm doing a half marathon with all of my cousins, my family, we're pretty tight knit. every couple years we do something special. a few years ago, we went to vegas. we thought we'd do the other extreme this time around. and we're all running in a few weeks. >> a clarity ruharity run, is i? >> yes, for breast cancer. >> you've been mar married for several years and have a beautiful little girl. is this a film that at some point you're going to take her to the movie? >> absolutely. absolutely. this movie is about living your life to the fullest. i hope that i can impart that on her. hopefully, she can appreciate that in years to come. >> you're a delight. thanks for coming in this morning. i loved the movie. "source code" opens in theaters today. up next, what the
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now ladies, don't get any ideas. [ male announcer ] perdue. the first chicken company to have usda process verified programs. and it's time now for the latest in shaggy chic. more and more owners are actually choosing to walk down the aisle with their dogs. ramping up the latest trend, we've got the dog coming in over here. we'll get to that in a second. but first, the fashion team is getting everything from bridesmaid's gowns to tiny tuxedos.everything from take a look. here comes the bride -- wait a second, that's her dog, the ring bearer. believe it or not, it's become a youtube phenomenon. their coutured companion can have tails wagging dressed to the canine. this guy crashed the wedding in this bow tie.
a posh boutique here, formal wear for pooches is hardly unusual. the boston terrier modeled a tux. now he needs a cigar and some champagne. just down the road in brookline, massachusetts that caused a pause, terry had them modeling formal wear. >> they often dress girl dogs in outfits that match the bridesmaids. >> reporter: and a retailer that helped outfit them for their big day. the woman who designed the pinstriped blue tux, lori hersh who owns the collection. but this is also big business. the chihuahua, they sell more than 50,000 tuxedos a year. we're going to have a doggie
fashion show all alone joined by wendy, author of "it's a dog's life." >> the mother of the bride today? >> i made her eastery. again, a lot of dogs are not comfortable in clothing. also, it's not good to dress your dog all the time. it's actually unhealthy for their skin. on special occasions, especially during a wedding. we did a study, 67% of single dog parents said they would like to include their dogs in their wedding. >> that many? >> yeah, can you imagine. >> what do we have first? >> first off we have lucy and linus. and these guys are wearing a bridesmaid's dress, this is so adorable by doggie design. these are affordable. $32. remember, when you're bringing your dogs into the wedding, it's important for people, the location is important, that they allow dogs, anybody one.
but number two, when you're having a wedding, a lot of dogs get uncomfort about in public situations. if it doesn't fit, don't put it on. you can actually put a scarf to go with the wedding dress or the tuxedo. >> those are big dathounds. >> they are big. >> now she's wearing a black velvet dress with lace. that is $35. and now the adorable, adorable beagle. >> hi, sweetheart. >> with the nylon collar and the bow tie. that's simple. >> this is understated. >> george, this is like a collar, put it on, understated. it's afford about for under $10.
>> it looks great. and finally chef kerry is here with his dog benny. >> unbelievable, in a red tuxedo jacket. that is again by doggie designs. very elegant. when you see the ring bearer and stuff like that and the dog, some flowers, agains are poisonous to pets. be careful when you're doing this, the pets and the flowers. and the ring bearer, to talk to a trainer, actually, a lot of these dogs can be trained to bring the ring. >> really on special occasions? >> i have a dog at home that
accurate byweatherate. you may not have seen it but it was snow and now it's on thego. up towards metro getting hit. we have ourselves temperatures just above freezing for 33, 35 reisterstown and mist and showers and fog leftover. 35 annapolis. there's the rain and snow mix. snow across the poconos north of philly. and northwest of new york city. any mixed makes not -- neighbors not sticking. rain -- flakes not sticking. for tonight, we will go back down to 33. mostly cloudy and there could be a shower tomorrow. but we start a warming trend. we will talk about that coming. the last check of the roads with kim brown. >> reporter: there's an accident southbound at the fort mchenry toll plaza taking away two toll lanes. traffic gets by easily. looking live at the beltway at harford road coming across the outer loop, reports of a crash at perring parkway.
we are seeing some of the delays once you make it to puddy hill. traffic opens up well. dealing with accidents around the area in baltimore city a crash at drewit park drive. the cleanup downtown at lomb barred and packard street. and timonium a pair of crashes one at york and seminary and the other at old bosley rolled and dulaney valley road but we arewrapping up the madge interstates -- major interstates fairly cleanly. stay with us because "good morning maryland" is coming back starting at nine.